I should really get better at timing these posts. This is my weekly favorites wrap up from movies I watched last week!
It started with some boogers but ended up with some great picks so here's what I watched:
- The Vatican Tapes (2015)
- The Nightmare (2015)
- The Conjuring 2 (2016)
- Signs (2002)
- Jungle (2017)
- The Sixth Sense (1999)
- Tau (2018)
Honorable mentions goes to Tau first and foremost. While it was kind of a disaster because Netflix just can't seem to figure out how to nail their original sci-fi films, Tau had a lot of positive moments. I do recommend watching it! There was a surprising amount of gore near the end and while it's not scary in any way, it's definitely creepy. Also it stars Maika Monroe and I would follow that woman to the ends of the earth if she asked me to. Soooo....I didn't really have a choice but to watch it.
Second honorable mention goes to Jungle. Look, I am fully aware this is not really a horror movie. But it also kind of is? Four people get lost in the jungle and have to fight to survive against the elements? THAT'S HORRIFYING. Oh, and it's based on a true story. EVEN MORE HORRIFYING! Jungle's first half was a lot of fun while we get to know our characters and watch them frolic through the err...well...jungle. The second half is nightmare inducing and also drags on a little long. Shout out to the scene where Daniel Radcliffe's character pulls A FUCKING PARASITE OUT OF HIS HEAD. I was GAGGING. It's a pretty disgusting film near the end with fire ants and blood and parasites and quick sand. I don't even want to say it's a great watch because at the end I felt so depressed and sick to my stomach. BUT....it is a great film, and I do recommend it. But be prepared.
When The Conjuring 2 came out in 2016, I was a little underwhelmed. The Conjuring was so damn good and so damn scary, it just couldn't compete for me. But everyone else seemed to love it so I decided to give it a re-watch this weekend. There was a thunderstorm outside, I was home alone, and it was kind of the perfect atmosphere. So on re-watch, I have to say I enjoyed this sequel a lot better.
Ed and Lorraine Warren return to their ghost hunting ways and this time they're tackling the Enfield Poltergeist case in England. I actually wrote a whole break down of the Enfield Poltergeist which you can find at my old site here. I did find this sequel quite scary and enjoyed the various ghostly imagery and jump scares galore. The nun still scares the absolute living shit out of me and made me so excited for The Nun which comes out soon!
Ed and Lorraine remain perfect angel cinnamon roles and while I still found the "I'm going to pick up my guitar and sing to these children" moment super cringe, it didn't ruin the film for me. I still think it's too long, there are some major pacing issues, but yeah....re-watching it has turned me around on this flick.
So if you loved the first, check this one out! If you hated it the first time, maybe give it a re-watch now that all the pressure of a sequel is gone. And if you need any more convincing, it opens on the Amityville horror house and it's AMAZING.
Signs, to me, is a perfect fucking movie. It is hands down one of my favorite flicks of all time regardless of genre. And yes I understand there's some flawed logic with the whole aliens being allergic to water thing but I don't really give a fuckkkkk. Signs is an incredible piece of film - excellent dialogue, terrifying jump scares, perfect score, humor that lands every time, and an amazing story. To me, Signs is Shyamalan at his best. Also that's the first time I wrote his name without spelling it wrong. Holy crap.
It follows a family who recently lost the mother in a tragic car accident. The father, who was a priest, has quit his job and is now taking care of his kids and his property along with his brother. One day they wake up to find crop circles in their corn field and within a few days the whole world is going crazy as aliens have slowly started invading. Starting with crop circles, lights in the sky, animals acting crazy, and appearances caught on tape. This family must fight to survive on their land as the world around them comes to an end.
It's absolutely incredible. Mel Gibson is at his most likable, Joaquin Phoenix is just astounding, and the kids played by Rory Culkin and Abigail Breslin are so strong in their performances. There's some perfect scares that catch you completely off guard. And I still get super rowdy whenever the birthday scene happens. You instantly fall in love with these characters and follow along as the story twists and turns.
It's just perfection. And I will fight anyone that says otherwise.
So swing away...